Colleen Eubanks

LINCOLN, Neb. ?? Colleen Eubanks died on January 11, 2022, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Colleen was born in Oxford, Neb., in August 1939, the daughter of Otto and Edythe Christianson. She grew up in Holbrook, Neb., and attended Holbrook High School, where she met her future husband, Gene.

Both Colleen and Gene attended the University of Nebraska and were married in 1960. She went on to earn a degree in home economics from the University of Nebraska.

From an early age, Colleen had a deep love of nature. Through observing grassland wildlife and plants, she developed a keen appreciation for the gifts of God in our shared environment. This appreciation is reflected in Colleens ?? works of art over the years.

Colleen and Gene raised three sons and while raising her family, Colleen enjoyed a successful career as a teacher and artist. She has been involved in teaching, creating and volunteering in artistic roles for over 60 years. As a teacher and consultant, she particularly enjoyed the time spent helping other artists in her community. She was a board member of the Lincoln Arts Council and was proud to be one of the founders of the Lincoln Arts Festival in 2000.

Colleen’s artistic creations have won numerous awards over the years through her participation in regional art fairs and festivals. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and boutiques across the country. She has achieved considerable commercial success through the sale of her original and printed works to several publishing houses during her career. Recently, she received the Lincoln Arts Council/Mayor??s Arts Award for Legacy of the Arts 2021.

As a member of PEO for 50 years, Colleen has held many positions, including President of the DX Chapter in this philanthropic organization. Colleen and Gene are members of St. Mark??s United Methodist Church and Colleen has been active with the St. Mark??s Hope Women??s Group among other volunteer activities.

As a devoted wife and mother, Colleen also enjoyed attending her son’s sporting events and her grandchildren’s activities. Colleen and Gene regularly attended University of Nebraska football, basketball and baseball games for many years.

Colleen was predeceased by her parents.

She is survived by her husband and children: Kurt (Tori) Eubanks of Olathe, Kan., Todd (Ruth) Eubanks of Lincoln and Christian (Jenni) Eubanks of Lincoln, and six grandchildren: Conor (Cheyenne) Eubanks of Lawrence, Kan. , Cale Eubanks of Olathe, Gabe Eubanks of Dallas, Texas, Maria Eubanks of Lincoln, Ceci Eubanks of Salt Lake City, Utah and Vince Eubanks of Lincoln.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 20, 2022, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Boulevard, Lincoln.

The family would like memorial donations to be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, TeamMates or the Lincoln Arts Council.

Condolences can be emailed to Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home will make arrangements.